9.85 Cure mental sickness by mass-commissioning mindfulness courses

Conclusions from The New Savoy 8th Annual Conference on Psychological Therapies in the NHS
on 11- 12th February 2015 at the Millennium Conference Centre, London,
by John Kapp, 22, Saxon Rd, Hove, BN3 4LE ( 01273 417997

The Problem

1 Cinderella service. Mental sickness is 25% of the disease burden in the NHS, yet only receives 13% of the funding.
2 Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)
3 Talking therapies should be prescribed rather than antidepressant medication.
4 Antidepressant prescribing has doubled since 2006 .
5 Nearly half the population are now on prescription drugs.
6 The side effects of drugs cause patients to keep coming back to primary care.
7 Depressed patients have the statutory right to NICE approved talking therapies.
8 Waiting times currently for talking therapies in Sussex are officially 5- 6 months, but only 16% are currently being treated with them in Brighton and Hove.
9 Commissioners in Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) treat 16% (5,000 patients) with talking therapy. They say that this justifies their refusal to commission more, but 26,000 are being denied their statutory rights.
10 Staff sickness rates in the NHS are now 22 days pa.

The solution – mass commission MBCT courses to teach self care.
11 MBCT courses are 100 times more cost effective than 1:1 CBT
12 I have suggested that the CCG mass-commission the NICE recommended MBCT 8 week course for the 26,000 depressed patients in Brighton and Hove.
13 SECTCo I have founded a model company to show how this could be provided.
14 Medication to meditation Papers on section 9 of my website show that every £1 dis-invested in antidepressant medication and reinvested in MBCT courses could save £7.
15 The House of Lords report (Sept 2014) ‘Wellbeing in 4 policy areas’ recommends that mindfulness should be taught.
16 Mindful Nation UK report. The Mindfulness All Party Parliamentary Group has: ‘carried out an eight-month inquiry and it intends to publish its final report in June 2015. Download Interim Report


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